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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) [Hardcover]

Sarah J. Maas
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27 Aug 2013 Throne of Glass

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful - the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King's contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of this New York Times bestselling sequel, in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 490 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books (27 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619630621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619630628
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I believe the word "unputdownable" was created for this very book (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Once Upon a Time)

Without a doubt the best fantasy book I have ever read in my life (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', K-Books)

Packed with brilliant, intelligent and witty characters, corrupted rulers, dark and good magic alike. The world-building is incredible, and the plot promises something even greater from the sequel . . . This is not one to be missed (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Pen to Paper)

Like Cinderella's love story and the action and competition of The Hunger Games, handsome princes, ball gowns and deathly masquerade balls? Then this is the book for you! This book is going to be HUGE! (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Dark Readers)

A rich and powerful sequel that will be loved by Throne of Glass fans everywhere! (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Bookworm Blogger)

Enthralling and well-paced, exhilarating and wonderfully-written (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Realm of Fiction)

With an ending that left me gaping in shock, my heart battered and my knuckles white, Crown of Midnight was a brilliant sequel and I can't wait to be back in Celaena's world again (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', So Many Books, So Little Time)

There are seriously no words to explain how epic this book was. I am still sat here completely reeling from the ending and my head is just spinning from all the epic awesomeness that happened (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', K-Books)

The plot is riddled with intrigue, and the fighting comes thick and fast. Crown of Midnight does not disappoint! (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Dark Readers) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A deal always comes at a price, and assassin Celaena Sardothien has made a deal with the very man who took away everything she loved . . . Can she live with that? 2012's hottest YA Fantasy debut novel, Throne of Glass, just got competition - its sequel! Action-packed, heart-wrenching, fantastically addictive and not to be missed! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world building and characters.. 30 July 2013
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Throne of Glass, book 1, is a YA fantasy which appeals, in my opinion, to all ages. It centres on Celeana, who is taking from imprisonment and entered into a competition to become the King's Champion, ie his assassin.If this one has caught your eye but you haven't read Throne of Glass, go do so straight away!

Crown of Glass is a brilliant follow on book - it takes you straight back into Celeana's world. I felt no need to go back and read Throne of Glass, as it soon all came back to me. The world building and the characters continues to be fantastic, and I still love Chaol and Nehemia. The focus is more towards the magic etc which started to show in the 1st book, with some interesting concepts and ideas.

One important aspect for me is that Sarah focuses on relationships and friendships, rather than romance - there's no twilight type adoration (sorry Twilight fans!) but rather strong but complex relationships. I really cared about Celeana's various relationships, and my heart suffered throughout certain incidences!

This is a highly recommended series, with, I believe, a few more yet to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this immediately! 4 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The second instalment of this series begins with Celaena undertaking her new job as King's Champion by assassinating those who have earned the King's displeasure. Through this she comes into contact with some people from her past. I would definitely recommend reading the e-novellas before reading this, just to meet anyone who appears in this book. I didn't read them until I had finished this book and it really felt like I was reading a series backwards, spoiling all the characters I met in Crown of Midnight but should have met in the novellas.

My favourite character, understandably, is Celaena. Sarah J Maas has written a perfect character in my opinion. Celaena is perfect in her imperfections. She is a kick-ass assassin that could hold her own in a fight with any man in this series, but still manages to be a shopaholic like an average teenager. When I am reading these books I always feel like Celaena could be a friend with mine. A character I can connect with as much as I can with Celaena is a rare thing! I love how she made mistakes in many ways, such as judging too harshly in some situations and letting her anger get the better of her. She is a fully fleshed out character that is utterly lovable even as you plead with her in your head not to do certain things or say certain things.

(This review seems far too vague but it's either this or a spoilerific review!)

Chaol, Celaena's love interest (unless of course you're a Dorian fan, in which case you couldn't be more wrong! Team Chaol all the way!) becomes a lot becomes a much more fleshed out character in this book, something which added quite a bit to the story over all.

There were no other characters featured heavily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloak and Dagger... and Dresses 27 Aug 2013
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This series is an all-rounder for me. It has a wonderful, effortless feel to the writing, a romance subplot that I'm clinging to with a desperate hope that will not be denied, a protagonist that can be a ruthless, cold-hearted assassin one minute, and a vulnerable, frivolous female the next - and switch between the two sides of her nature with ease. It has terrific story scope and a lot of detail and foreshadowing that shows tremendous thought and planning. It has action, court politics, humour, love, betrayals... Everything I love all in one nicely-wrapped package, basically. And CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was no exception.

Speaking of Celaena's colder side, there's something that happens here in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT that causes her to... devolve, shall we say, back to that creature we met in the first book, fresh from the mines. Someone so filled with rage and grief that she's all but blinded by it and becomes as much a danger to ,i>herself as she is to others. And, let's face it, she's pretty dangerous to others. I worried for her a lot in this book. What's great in Maas's delivery is that through experiencing the three different POVs - Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian's - we get an unfiltered view of Celaena when she's gone over to this dark side and, whoo boy, it's not pretty. I think there's probably even more heartache to come for her too, which I find thrilling from a reader's POV, but terrifying on Celaena's behalf.

Although the imminent threat of death present throughout book one was somewhat lessened here thanks to Celaena's more powerful status within the castle - indeed, she now outranks most people - that's not to say all danger is gone. Far from it. It's just that this time Celaena is the one putting herself in danger through her deceptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Throne of Glass book 2 22 Aug 2013
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I am not going to lie I was not looking forward to reading this book. I really had issues with the first book in this series and would have never picked up the second book if I wasn't a book blogger. I thought the first book was misleading. It was about an assassin who never killed anyone, who was arrogant and nasty and more interested in dresses and boys. So it was with great reluctance that I picked up Crown of Midnight.

I didn't expect to love this book, I didn't even expect to like it but I did. I adored it. It was a million times better than Throne of Glass and all the niggles I had with the first book were not a problem here. It was darker, more exciting and deadlier. There were some shock twists, a ton of action and breath-taking romance.

What made this book so much better than its predecessor was Celaena. She was so much better in this book. The arrogance was completely toned down as was the fashion obsession. She was meaner but also kinder and fairer. There was only one thing that annoyed me about her which I will get to later in this review. I actually liked her in this; I got behind her and cared for her which was something I never thought I would be able to do.

The romance was also a huge plus for me. In the first book it was a more Dorian centric triangle. In this one it focused more on a normal two person relationship between Celaena and Chaol. There are no words in any language that can adequately describe my love and adoration for Chaol. He is a huge part of why I loved this book so much and I don't think I could continue the series if he wasn't in it and if he wasn't the love interest. It is so rare for me to be romance focused in a book, I normally dislike the romances in YA books but this one was breath-taking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crowd of Midnight was a true rollercoaster of emotions.
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MY HEART!!!! MY HEART HURTS!!!!

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Having bought Throne of Glass on a whim originally due to it being very cheap at the time, I picked up the novella collection and this as I was hooked! Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The sequel continues the good work.
Throne of Glass was a nice entry that was very readable account of the formative years of a female assassin. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jack Chakotay
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I read the book over two days as I just couldn't stop reading :) a great book that just keeps you wanting more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Throne of glass has to be my favourite book of all time and I was so excited to read the sequel but at the same time feared it wouldn't live up to expectation because the first... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Book worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Mixed with Reliality
Cannot wait for the next book! It was the perfect combination of fantasy and reality. Chaol and Celena's relationship was slowly flourishing and I cannot wait to read what happens... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bobby Sahni
5.0 out of 5 stars Crown of midnight throne of glass
Good read and enjoyable read though a bit predictable at times but a lot new things I haven't come across before
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic fantasy series for Hunger Games Fans
It is good to see strong female lead characters. Here is a rival for Katniss from the Hunger Games. My son thoroughly enjoyed the book, he found it a great read. Read more
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